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Temple Baptist Church - 5-16-20182 Peter 2:9-22Introduction:A. We need to remember our context tonight to get the proper meaning of the verses that I will deal with. I am going to look at these verses in reverse order to show who these people are and how they got here.B. Verses 20-22 have been used more by way of application than contextual interpretation. 1. I fear that the true meaning of these verses has been lost because of topical peaching. YOU MUST always give a Biblical interpretation of a verse before making a practical interpretation! 2. This is simply Biblical Hermeneutics. It is called the Context Mention of Bible Interpretation. When taking a verse out of its context, it often becomes a pretext! Great application but no Biblical interpretation. This can lead to serious doctrinal problems.3. It lends itself to Biblical ignorance which destroys the people of God. God's people are destroyed for a “lack of knowledge.” Preaching through the Bible book by book establishes the people of God doctrinally.C. When you get to these verses, the context has not changed as the first word of verse 20 in the word “For.” The Holy Spirit is now going to draw a conclusion to chapter two. Chapter two begins and ends with false teachers!D. In verses 20-22, these Old Testament false prophets and New Testament false teachers did not lose their salvation, they were never saved. You can wash them all that you want to make the outside smell a little better, but that does not change their inward nature: dogs are dogs and hogs are hogs! 1. Their Dereliction. “falling away”2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, (2) That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. (3) Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition …2 Peter 2:17-20 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. (18) For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. (19) While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. (20) For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.a. Many used the Greek word for “falling away,” which gives us a commonly used word “apostasy.” The words “falling away” give us the actual meaning of “falling away from a former position.” To fall away from something, you must have once stood for something!b. These “dogs” and “hogs” vomited up and left their wallowing in the mire. The “dog” detested but later invested in heresy. The “hog” detested the mire but later returned to its filth.2. Their Deception.a. Their damnableness. 2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.b. Their deceiving. 2 Thessalonians 2:2-3 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. (3) Let no man deceive you by any means …1) “spirit” A spirit that is disobedient to the Scriptures. Teachers who teach and act contrary to clear Scripture and say that they are led by the Holy Spirit.2) “word” A message that does not comply with the Scriptures. Man-made doctrines that do not line up with the clear doctrinal teaching of the Scriptures.3) “letter as from us” A false “word of God” that takes precedent over “The Word of God.” False “bibles” from perverted underlying texts that bring about confusion over what is or is not Scripture.c. Their being deceived. 2 Peter 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.3. Their Damnation.a. Their return. 2 Peter 2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.b. Their accountability. 2 Peter 2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.c. Their damnation. Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (22) Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? (23) And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Temple Baptist Church - 5-13-2018Proverbs 18:22Introduction: A. Mother's Day is one of the most special days of the year. Proverbs 31:29 says, “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” B. This morning, I want to rise up, call you ladies blessed, praise you! Our ladies are so very special and need to be praised every day of the year. God bless each of you this Mother's Day.C. It is interesting what some great people have said concerning their mothers. The mother has a tremendous influence for either good or evil in the lives of the children.1. Washington Irving – “The love of a real mother is never exhausted. It never changes-it never tires-it endures through all; in good repute, in bad repute, in the face of the world's condemnation, a mother's love still lives on.”2. Charles Spurgeon – “I cannot tell how much I owe to the prayers of my good mother…I remember her once praying, “Now Lord, if my children go on in sin it will not be from ignorance that they perish, and my soul must bear swift witness against them at the day of judgment if they lay not hold on Christ and claim Him as their personal Savior.”3. Dr. G. Campbell Morgan had 4 sons and they were all preachers. Someone once came into the drawing room when all the family was there. They thought they would see what Howard, one of the sons, was made of so they asked him this question: “Howard, who is the greatest preacher in your family?” Howard had a great admiration for his father and he looked straight across at him and then, without a moments hesitation, he answered, “Mother.”4. May R. Coker – “Motherhood is the greatest privilege of life.”5. Abraham Lincoln – “No man is poor who has had a godly mother.”6. Seen on a church sign: “If evolution is true, how come mothers still have only two hands?”D. I read this somewhere a few years ago and loved it. How moms are made: She must be completely washable, but not plastic; have 200 moveable parts, all replaceable; run on black coffee and leftovers; have a lap that can hold three children at one time that disappears when she stands up; have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart; and have six pairs of hands. She must have 3 pairs of eyes. One pair of eyes is to see through the closed door as she asks the children what they are doing even though she already knows. Another pair in the back of the head is to see what she needs to know even though no one thinks she can. The third pair is in the front of the head. They are for looking at an errant child and saying that she understands and loves him or her without even saying a single word. She heals herself when she is sick and can feed a family of six on a pound of hamburger and can get a nine-year-old to stand in the shower. Se is made both soft and tough. She can endure and accomplish anything. She will be able to think, reason, and negotiate. She has tears as her way of expressing her joy, her sorrow, her disappointment, her pain, her loneliness, and her grief. SHE IS BOTH SPECIAL AND SPECIALLY MADE!!! 1. Good women are getting like “hen's teeth!” They are scarce and hard to find, but, thank God, there are still some young ladies being raised for the Lord in such a manner as to make good, godly wives.2. Any woman can become a good woman if she so desires. Godly wives and mothers are made as well as raised. Some of you ladies may not have had the privilege of being raised in a godly, separated home, but you can give your life to the Lord and become as godly as one raised.3. The word “find” does not mean to stumble upon, but rather to make a diligent search. Young men, do not fall for the first pretty face that you see because the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Allow your parents to be involved in the selection of a mate for life! Man looks upon the outward, but God looks upon the heart!4. Find – to obtain by seeking - Matthew 7:7-10 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? (If you seek right, the Lord will give you the right mate!)E. I want to look at four women found in the Book of Proverbs, the Book of Wisdom.1. The Gracious Woman - Proverbs 11:16 A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches. GRACIOUS - Favorable; kind; benevolent; merciful; disposed to forgive offenses and impart unmerited blessings. (A mother has the same attributes in many ways that God has.)a. A Gracious Woman Is Forgiving Woman - Nehemiah 9:17 And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not. b. A Gracious Woman Is Kind Woman - Luke 4:22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?c. A Gracious Woman Is Favorable Woman - Proverbs 18:22 Whosofindeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD. (She brings the blessings of God on a home!)2. The Virtuous Woman - Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.a. A Virtuous Woman Is A Moral Woman - 1 Timothy 2:9-10 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.b. A Virtuous Woman Is An Asset To Her Husband - Proverbs 12:4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed isas rottenness in his bones.3. The Wise Woman - Proverbs 14:1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.a. The Wise Woman Builds Her House - Titus 2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.b. The Foolish Woman Destroys Her House – “plucketh it down with her hands!”4. The God Fearing Woman - Proverbs 31:30 Favour is deceitful, and beautyis vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.a. The God Fearing Woman Is A Saved Woman - 1 Peter 3:2-4 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. (3) Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; (4) But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.b. The God Fearing Woman Is A Trusted Woman - Proverbs 31:11-12 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. (12) She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.c. The God Fearing Woman Is An Appreciated Woman - Proverbs 31:28-31 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. (29) Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. (30) Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. (31) Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. 1) By Her Children – “her children” 2) By Her Husband – “her husband” 3) By Her Acquaintances – “in the gates” 4) By Her Lord – “shall be praised”
Temple Baptist Church - 5-6-20182 Peter 2:9-10Introduction: A. Tonight, I want to look at verses 9-10. Lot taught us several lessons:1. You are either lost or saved! There is no middle ground: no purgatory, no limbo, no soul sleep.a) To die saved is to be present with the Lord - 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (7) (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) (8) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.b) To die lost is to be present in hell - Luke 16:22-23 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; (23) And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.2. Salvation is not some unbiblical mixture of works and grace. Lot is a great example of the love and longsuffering of God as he had no good works mentioned either before or after he believed.3. The saved are delivered while the unsaved are reserved. The saved are delivered from hell while the unsaved are reserved for hell.4. The love of God and the wrath of God. In these two polar opposites, we find equality. The love of God and the hatred of God are equal!a) The Love of God - John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. b) The Wrath Of God - Revelation 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb Revelation 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: B. Hell is a reality, not a state of mind or just separation from God. When speaking of the false prophets and angels who sinned, the Bible gives a vivid description of eternal damnation. Hell is a literal place of fire and brimstone. Hell is the unleashed wrath of a holy God. Hell is Hell!C. There are many words in chapter 2 that give a vivid picture of hell. Hell is a reality and not a state of mind. 1. Vs. 1 - Destruction2. Vs. 3 - Damnation3. Vs. 4 – Darkness4. Vs. 6 – Fire5. Vs. 9 - Punishment6. Vs. 9 – Judgment7. Vs. 14 – Cursed8. Vs. 17 – Mist of darkness9. Vs. 17 – Eternally preservedD. The Holy Spirit used the word “reserved” to describe the present state of the lost. We are familiar with the word “reserved” as we use it often. 1. When traveling, we call ahead of time and reserve a hotel room. The hotel room is ours days, weeks, months, and even years at a time. 2. With the eternal reservation of the lost goes a present privilege, one can change their mind and cancel within a certain time while occurring no loss.3. But, most cancelation policies have a time limit on how long that you can wait before having to pay the price of the reservation.4. Salvation is no different. Many falsely teach that everyone can get saved up until the time of death, but the Bible teaches different. God can give the sinner over to a reprobate mind and then the future reservation is “set in stone!”E. I want this message to biblically answer some questions about hell.1. Hell's Creation - Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:Ezekiel 28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. (Though I would never try to build a doctrinal truth upon this foundation, I do find it of interest that the first judgement pronounced was a “fire from the midst” of Lucifer.” I will go no farther on this verse because speculation always leads to misinformation and misinformation to false doctrine.)2. Man's Three Reactions To Hell.a. His first reaction is to deny it.b. His second reaction is to extinguish it.c. His third reaction is to ignore it.3. Hell's Residents.1. The devil and his angels - Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 2. The beast and false prophet - Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.3. The unbeliever - Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.4. Hell's Description.a. A place of punishment - Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.b. A place of banishment - 2 Thessalonians 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;c. A place of fire - Matthew 13:42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.Mark 9:44-48 repeats five times, “the fire is not quenched.”Revelation 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.d. A place of consciousness and feeling - Luke 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.e. A place of torment - Luke 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.f A place of thirst - Luke 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.g. A place of darkness - 2 Peter 2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.Jude 13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.h. A place without hope of escape - Luke 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.i. A place of unfulfilled desires and unanswered prayers - Luke 16:27-31 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: (28) For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. (29) Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. (30) And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. (31) And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.k. A place of remorse - Luke 16:27-28 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: (28) For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.j. A place of wailing and gnashing of teeth - Matthew 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.4. Hell's Reward.a. Hell is the eternal reward for rebellion against God - Nahum 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit thewicked.b. Hell is the eternal reward for rejection of Jesus Christ - John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.c. Hell is the eternal reward for wicked works - Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Temple Baptist Church - 5-2-20182 Peter 2:9Introduction: A. Tonight, I want to look at an interesting verse. First, let us put it in its context.1. False teachers have always had an adverse influence upon God's children.a) Satan deceived Eve and Adam followed her lead in eating the forbidden fruit. God delivered Adam and Eve through the shedding of blood.b) From Adam to Noah's day, Satan continued his work until God destroyed the world by a flood but delivered Noah's family.B. In Genesis 19, God purposes to destroy the cities of the plain because of their wickedness. Abraham pleaded with the Lord to spare the cities for the “righteous” sake but ended his bargaining too quickly with the number 10. He thought that there were 10 righteous because of the number in Lot's family.(Lot, his wife, and two virgin daughters are mentioned in Genesis 19:8. This makes 4. In Genesis 19:12, there is the mention of “sons” plural so we know that there were at least two sons living in Sodom. That brings the total to 4+2 which is 6. In Genesis 19:14, it mentions “sons in law” that married his “daughters” so we know that there at least 4 more there. 4+2+4 = 10. Abraham was wrong because he though that they all would be righteous. They were not!)C. The angels were sent to Sodom because God could not destroy the righteous with the wicked.Genesis 19:16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.Genesis 19:22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.D. The angels had to forcibly remove Lot, his wife, and two daughters from Sodom.1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,E. Our text speaks of delivering the “godly” from temptations. God's children face temptations every day. We, that are saved, are in a constant war with our flesh but most us still can overcome the flesh and live godly lives. 1. Thank God for His longsuffering and grace.2. Thank God for His mercy and forgiveness.3. Thank the God for His great love that causes Him to be better to us than we deserve.F. But, there are some believers who are entangled in sin, never get victory, and eventually just give in to it. At that point, God must deliver them.1. God may take you home when you harden your neck against His wooing. Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.2. God may take you home when you rebel against legitimate church discipline. 1 Corinthians 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.3. God may take you home when you partake of the Lord's Supper unworthily. 1 Corinthians 11:30-32 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. (31) For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. (32) But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.4. God may take you home when you have committed a sin unto death. 1 John 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. (These are sins that the Bible places a death sentence upon.)G. Why God had to deliver Lot:1. Lot was Willful. “For that righteous man” He was just, righteous, and godly. He was saved and knew better.Genesis 13:12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.2. Lot was Warned. “dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing”Genesis 13:13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly. (This was no surprise to Lot! He knew in advance what awaited him in Sodom.)3. Lot was Worn. “vexed his righteous soul” Vexed means to “wear down” Genesis 19:7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. (Can't you hear Lot pleading with the sodomites?)4. Lot was Worsening. “from day to day with their unlawful deeds” Things were not going to get better or change. Genesis 19:16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.Conclusion: Lot left God no choice. 2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
Temple Baptist Church - 3-18-2018Psalm 27:1-5Introduction: A. I want to preach for a few weeks on the importance of the local church in the lives of God's children. When our Lord ascended back to heaven, He left several things to the believers in His impending absence:1. The Holy Spirit. John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.2. The Word of God. 1 Corinthians 13:10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.3. The Local Church. Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.B. These three are equally essential to the well being of the believer. I may do a series on all three before I am finished because of the apparent ignorance of most professing believers of their value.C. David was both a man of war and a man of worship. In these verses, we find his heart's desire to assemble with the people of God in worship. David loved the house of the Lord. Your local church is important in your life as a believer!Psalms 55:14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.Psalms 122:1 A Song of degrees of David. I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.Hebrews 10:22-25 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. (23) Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) (24) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: (25) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.D. Hebrews 10:25 is possibly the most quoted verse concerning church attendance and has been normally been preached as a negative. 1. Hebrews 10:25 says, “As the manner of some is.” The word manner means a custom or habitual practice. There are so many people who professed to be saved that have no desire to be faithful to the local church. 2. We have a good nucleus here at Temple. I want to encourage the “as the manner of some is” this morning to get in. I also want to encourage the faithful to stay in. Many of the unfaithful were once faithful. E. There has been a great forsaking of the assembling in the past few decades with many in America unchurched. 1. Our nation if following the same path as England and Europe: the path of godlessness which always leads to ungodliness. 2. The faithful few that make up the nucleus of the local church have become fewer in number, especially Sunday and Wednesday night crowds. Few want any time of “extra” services such as revival meetings or mission conferences.F. With many, it is a leaving your “first love” problem. This morning, I want to encourage you to love your church! Make it a major part of your life. What a privilege it is to come to church! What a blessing to be able to come to church! What a benefit to be able to come to church!What makes the local church so special:1. It Is The Place That God Loves - Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it. (Jesus Christ died for the Church! He gave His life for that which He loves. Truly, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” When you get saved, you should love what God loves!)2. It Is The Place Of Worship - Psalms 5:7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple. (You can and should worship anywhere but the church house is a special place. It was a place built to worship in. You can come here and sing as loud as you please; you can say “Amen” or shout “Glory to God;” you can give your tithe and offerings scripturally in God's house. What a blessing!)3. It Is The Place Of Preaching And Teach God's Word - 1 Timothy 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. (You probably know it by now, but I love this blessed old King James Bible that I hold in my hand. We can read it at home; We can study it at home; but here in the house of the Lord, men of God preach like they know what they are preaching about! I rejoice with the Apostle Paul when the Bible is heralded and the preacher lifts up his voice like a trumpet!)4. It Is The Place Where God's People Gather - Psalms 55:14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.(The greatest people on earth are there! When I got saved I fell in love with a lot of things that please God but one of the greatest of all was the people of God. No, they are not perfect, but they are my brothers and sisters in Christ! We are all in the Body of Christ which is the Family of God and we love you!)5. It Is The Place Where Sinners Are Both Sought And Loved - Luke 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.Matthew 9:10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. (I love to see sinners come to the church house and be privileged to sit under the power of the Word of God and have an opportunity to hear the gospel and give their hearts and lives to Christ. The to watch the Lord gloriously change their lives for His glory.)6. It Is The Place Where I Pay My Tithes And Give My Offerings - Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. (So many professing believers never get this! The tithe belong to the Lord and giving begins only above the tithe. What a blessing; what a thrill to be able to give to the work of the Lord. I saw this sermon title on the sign in front of Mount Zion Baptist Church one Sunday morning: “There's going to be a hold up Sunday morning.”)7. It Is God's Instrument For World Evangelism - 1 Thessalonians 1:6-8 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God–ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. (I love to give an offering to missions! We can help support precious families as they cover the globe preaching the same gospel that we preach. Missionaries are the greatest people in the world! There is no greater calling than that. Carrying the Word of God to a world that needs Jesus Christ and we can help go by giving! We can go on organized visitation where we can personally witness to the Lost and occasionally see one get saved!)8. It Was There That I Heard The True Gospel Preached And Was Gloriously and Eternally Saved – Luke 18:10, 13-14 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican … And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. (If it weren't for the local church, this pastor would still be lost in my sin. I got saved on a Sunday night in an independent Baptist Church. Thank God for Bob Lamb! God laid it upon his heart to come to Madisonville, Ky and start a church under an old gospel tent! Barbara and I were saved because of it! Ask me why I love the local church!!)9. It Is A Place Of Comfort And Spiritual Joy - Psalms 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. (The church is a refuge; a stronghold; a place of peace and tranquility; a place where we come and enjoy the things of God. It is a place of comfort to the troubled and a source of joy to those who are hurting. It is in the church that you will find encouragement and help. It is in the church that you will find that you never walk alone.)10. It Is An Encouragement Filling Station - 2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (We can get filled up at church. We can go to put something into the service and also to get something out of it. If you do not get a blessing, then it was because you were not blessable! I know blessable is not a word but I can make one up if I wanna! If you want a blessing, you will get one. If you do not want a blessing, don't blame it on anyone or anything but yourself. You get out of a church service what you put into it.)Conclusion: The Local Church Is Just A Little Bit Of Heaven On Earth - Psalms 84:1-12 How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah. Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God. O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah. Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed. For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee. (If you don't like church, don't go to heaven! A lot of people have imagined a heaven that is not the heaven of this Bible. There will be praising and singing; there will be worship like we have never experienced; it is a prepared place for a prepared people! You won't like it there because church is a little bit of heaven on earth!)
Temple Baptist Church - 3-14-20182 Peter 2:1-9Introduction:A. Though all of this has been prophesized for thousands of years, it still amazes this preacher that America has gone so spiritually “south.” In my lifetime, I have witnessed the decline in every major denomination.1. Older people, who have seen this change come, have evidently gotten used to the dark because they refuse to “come out from among them.” Just because Granny is buried in the church cemeteries, they remain faithful to these liberal churches and will be buried there too.2. Younger people, who have never known the old paths of their fathers, now run after these false prophets who are leading contrary to the Word of God.B. We know what time it is and, yet, lose so many to follow their pernicious (wicked) ways. They speak evil of those who hold to the truth of God's Word and the multitudes are in agreemet with them.2 Timothy 3:13-17; 4:1-4 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. (14) But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; (15) And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (16) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works … (4:1) I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; (2) Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (3) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; (4) And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.2 Thessalonians 2:1-5 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, (2) That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. (3) Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; (4) Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (5) Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?1. Lucifer beguiled the angels in heaven to rebel against God.2. The satanic serpent beguiled Eve in the beginning.3. False Prophets in the Old Testament led the people astray.4. Pharisees of the times of Christ found fault and led to the crucifixion of Christ.5. Judaizing teachers followed the Apostle Paul and led the people away from his teachings.5. False teachers in churches and seminaries have challenged the Word of God in our day and turned the multitudes from the Bible by undercutting its purity and authority.C. Why do so many reject the Truth? You would think that everyone would follow truth, but this is not the case. They follow those who speak evil of truth instead. Why does the world choose to reject the truth of God's Word. And follow these false teachers?1. They do not want an authoritative Bible. If the Bible is God's Word, and it is, then they would have to submit to that authority. The world rejects the Bible without ever reading it. They have no personal knowledge of truth and follow those who pervert the truth.2. They do not want a salvation that changes the heart and desires. The world loves their sin and is not willing to give it up for a holy life. The world rejects righteousness and chooses to follow those who promote unrighteousness.3. The god of this world has done a good job of blinding their minds to the gospel. The gospel gives salvation to all who come to Christ by faith. The world rejects the concept that few are going to heaven and the many are on the broad way to hell. The gospel is exclusive!4. The false religions appeal to the flesh. The world loves worldliness and false teachers who make their message appealing to the sinful. Sinners are sinners by birth and sinners by choice. The world wants a religion that requires nothing and judges nothing. The Word of God condemns sin and judges it.5. The minds of the multitudes has been programed to think according to the philosophy of the world. This world has gone mad. Our children are being raised up in an ungodly world where common sense and right is labeled as the enemy of society. Their thinking is perverted and that is the reason that our minds must be renewed through God's Word.D. Why do so many professing Christians reject the truth? People who have known truth, people who were raised in truth, follow those who attack and speak evil of the truth. They leave good churches for ones that do not preach on sin, practical sanctification, and service.1. Because they reject God's command of distinction! We that are saved are not of this world! We are new creatures, we are different, and we are the enemy.Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (2) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Transformation to Christ comes through the renewing of our minds and the renewing of our mind comes through the Word of God. We are to love God, not the world. People follow their pernicious ways because of their affinity with the world.)2. Because of their love for sinfulness! God's people love God! But, as sinfulness comes, that first love begins to cool.Matthew 24:11-12 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. (12) And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. (The preaching of our day is mostly exhortational and positive were as Biblical preaching is mostly reproving and rebuking.)2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (Notice the Biblical order of preaching. This does not mean that the pastor is hateful or always negative. The key to reproving and rebuking is longsuffering and doctrine. Longsuffering shows compassion while doctrine does the rest. People do not want a church whose doctrine is right.)3. Because the world has changed their thinking! We that are saved are being constantly bombarded with the philosophy of the world. 1 Corinthians 2:14-16 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (15) But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. (16) For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: (We have the mind of Christ but have to allow that spiritual mind to operate within the realm of our thinking.)2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (I do not like to take a text our of its context but do want to make a spiritual application from this verse. Satan is busily seeking whom he may devour. He uses philosophy to get his work done.)4. Because of spiritual loneliness! If you live for Christ in these last days, you will have to travel the road less traveled. “Though none go with me, still I will follow” is easily sung but takes spiritual resolve to accomplish. The sword of division brought by Christ is a reality.2 Peter 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-21-20182 Peter 2:4Introduction: A. Last week, we looked at the “many” who choose to follow these false teachers. The god of this world, Satan, has been deceiving from the very beginning. He led a rebellion against God in heaven before he beguiled Eve in the Garden of Eden. He has blinded the minds of angels and men over the millenniums and continues to do so in our day.B. Our text gives three specific examples of deception in those who follow error: the angels, those in Noah's day, and those in Lot's day. When prophesying about the end-time and its conditions, our Lord also spoke of these three examples. They lead us to 3 reasons that people reject the God, the Bible, and sound doctrine.1. Because people do not like Authority. If He is God, and He is, then He is to be loved and followed. Thus, the mention of Angels. People do not like a Final Authority found in the Bible. 2. Because people do not like Godliness that genders Loneliness. If they follow God, they may have to follow God alone. Thus, Noah's Day.3. Because people do not like Distinction. If it is God's Word, it is to be believed—not debated. True Christianity demands Separation and Distinction. Thus, Lot's Day. Lot called the Sodomites brethren.C. Speaking in context of a judgment that lingered not, the Holy Ghost takes us back now to the beginning and shows God's dealings with sin. 1. This is both an interesting verse of Scripture and a controversial one. Speaking of the judgment of false teachers, the Holy Ghost gave reference to the fall of angels in the dateless past. These angels committed a particular sin. When Satan sinned, he took a vast number of angels with him in his rebellion. 2. These fallen angels or devils are found throughout the Bible and are found to cause the people of earth great grief. Many in the days of Christ were filled with devils that afflicted the people that they inhabited. One had such a multitude of devils that they went into 2000 swine. The Apostle Paul was buffeted with a messenger of Satan in 2 Corinthians 12:7. 3. The angels found in 2 Peter 2:4 are again mentioned in Jude 6. These angels “kept not their first estate but left their own habitation.” The words first estate refers to their origin and purpose. The angels are beings created for the worship of God in heaven and for the ice of doing His will. The words their habitation refers to the place of their dwelling, which was heaven. 4. As to precisely what their sin was is not given though there is much unbiblical speculation of fallen angels cohabiting with women in Genesis 6. This erroneous assumption has absolutely no basis in Scripture. The sons of God in Genesis 6 referred to the godly line of Seth intermarrying with the ungodly line of Cain. We do not know for sure what the sin of these angels was, but there are several things that can be learned from this verse. D. There are several things that I want to look at:1. There Is A Warning Involved a. The Warning Of The Destructiveness Of Sin 1) There Is The Wonder Of Wickedness – angels sin.2 There Is The Wonder Of Justice – God spared them not.3) There Is The Wonder Of Containment – He cast them down to hell.4) There Is The Wonder Of Judgment – they are reserved. b. The Warning Of The Deceivableness Of Sin1) They Sinned In Spite Of Their Position - Psalms 8:5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.Psalms 68:17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.2) They Sinned In Spite Of Their Possessions - Psalms 68:17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, eventhousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place. (You would think that they were satisfied.)3) They Sinned In Spite Of Their Power - Psalms 103:20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.4) They Sinned In Spite Of Their Purpose - Psalms 148:2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.5) They Sinned In Spite Of Their Place - Ezekiel 28:13-14 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.a) They Were Around The Right Crowd – (A perfect peer pressure)b) They Were Around The Right Circumstances – (A perfect place)c) They Purposefully Chose To Sin c. The Warning Of The Destruction Of Sin1) Lucifer (Light Bearer or Shining One) became Satan (Adversary or one who withstands)2) The Son of the Morning (Son Of The Early Light) became Apollyon (Destroyer)3) Their Blessing became Mischief.4) Their Wisdom became Cunning.5) Their Strength became Viciousness.2. There Is A Wrath Incurreda. The Judgment Of God Is Without Respect – “spared not the angels that sinned”Romans 2:1-11 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God.b. The Judgment Of God Is Without Relief - “cast them down to hell”Luke 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.Mark 9:43-48 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.c. The Judgment Of God Is Without Reprieve – “reserved unto judgment”Revelation 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [are], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-18-2018Romans 6:23Introduction:A. Romans 6:23 is one of the most quoted verses dealing with the penalty of sin. It is directly tied to the First Mention of sin's disobedience to God's command and its ultimate penalty.Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (This verse is plain and simple. Adam sinned, and Adam died. A friend of mine preached a two-point sermon about Achan: Achan sinned and God killed Achan!!)B. It can also be coupled with Satan's first lie concerning sin's disobedience and penalty.Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: (Satan, through the serpent, lied to Eve. He only added “not” to God's command to negate it.)C. Satan continues to this day telling the same lie. 1. People who live in gross sinfulness hasten their death despite the warning labels that the government applies to the product. Sodomy and aids, alcohol and cirrhosis of the liver, drugs and death, tobacco and cancer, etc. are all well known penalties to mankind and, yet, these sins continue to be practiced. 2. Why? Because sin's penalty is always something that happens to others. Satan continue to lie to mankind and mankind continues to ignore the evidence placed before them.D. In its context, this verse is speaking to the children of God. Sin has its penalty. Sin still kills! The wage of sin was shown at Calvary when Jesus Christ, our Propitiation, became obedient unto death. Death of the sinner was God's righteous demand and was fulfilled in Christ.1. Many of God's people have shortened their lives through willful disobedience to God's Word. Each of us live a sinful body that we battle every day. The world entices us all through lust of the eye, lust of the flesh, and the pride of life.2. Paul spoke of this battle with the flesh in Romans, chapter 7, which we will deal with later.Romans 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?3. What deceives the believer is that sin never looks so sinful in its beginning. The end is never in sight and sin has definite pleasure.Hebrews 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;4. Sin will always destroy. Sin will always leave a path of destruction in its wake. God made it that way. We sow to the flesh, we reap corruption. Plain and simple!a. There are Physiological Consequences of Sin. The loss of the peace of God.Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.b. There are Legal Consequences of Sin. The Penalty of Law.Romans 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.c. There are Social Consequences of Sin. Breaks the fellowship of the saints.1 John 1:6-7 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: (7) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.d. There are Physical Consequences of Sin. Sickness and Death. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.Psalms 55:22-23 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. (23) But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.James 1:14-16 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. (15) Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (16) Do not err, my beloved brethren.1 Corinthians 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.e. There are Disciplinary Consequences of Sin. Church Discipline.1 Corinthians 5:1-5 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. (2) And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. (3) For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, (4) In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, (5) To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.2 Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-29-20181 Samuel 17:1-11A. We all know well the story of David and Goliath. I want to make a practical application from these few verses this morning as I continue to preach on the subject of “The Local Church.”B. We know the story of David killing the Goliath after exclaiming, “Is there not a cause.” Many sermons have been preached on that subject, but I want to give an application to an important strategy of war. C. The armies of both the Philistines and Israel were afraid of coming down into the Valley of Elah and, for 40 days, had maintained the high ground that was found on either side.1 Samuel 17:3 And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them.1 Samuel 17:16 And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days.D. Let me give you some quick typology before I get into the message too deeply.1. The army of the Philistines is a type of the world. They hold their ground but challenge us to come down to the valley and fight their giant.2. The army of Israel a type of the people of God. As long as they hold the high ground, the enemy cannot defeat them.3. The valley is a type of Compromise. Notice that they are not challenged to come down for they will never give up their high ground.4. The giant a type of Satan. He is not of the children of God, he is the giant of this world!5. The 40 days is a type of testing. The giant of the valley of compromise never gives up!6. The challenging is a type of war. Give me a man to fight! If one of us goes down to fight the giant and loses the battle (and he will), then we all become servants of the world.E. Now for an example of what I am preaching about. July 1-3, 1863 was the Battle of Gettysburg. 1. The battle took place in Pennsylvania as the Confederate general, Robert E. Lee, let the Army of Northern Virginia against the Union Army of the Potomac, led by General George G. Meade. This battle was the turning point of the Civil War as both sides had fought to a virtual stalemate. 2. General Robert E. Lee led his army into the heart of the Union north in an attempt to break the Union's back and bring the Civil War to an end. The result of the battle was app. 46,000-51,000 dead and the Civil War lost. 3. The key to the battle was that the Union army held the high ground and General Lee chose to fight there instead of retreat until another day. Though the Civil War would go on for another 2 years, the war was lost at Gettysburg.4. General Robert E. Lee was a brilliant general and well versed in the art of war but, for what ever reason, chose to violate an imperative strategy of war: always hold the high ground.F. In our story, we find both opposing armies holding their “high ground,” while a giant walked in the valley that lay between. In verse 10, the giant cried, “Give me a man!” Goliath was prepared to both fight and die in the valley. G. We, as independent Bible believing Baptists, have been often maligned as being legalistic and cultic because we have tried to maintain the “high ground” through the years. This is rapidly changing as many independent Baptist churches have given in to the pressure of compromise. They have chosen numbers and worldliness over worship in the beauty of holiness.H. I have been referred to by some as being to “straight laced,” too “old fashioned!” One man, as he was leaving our church for the last time said that he was “tired of the Independent Baptist mentality.” I am not mad at these people. I feel sorry for them because they have missed the point and do not understand why your pastor holds the church and pulpit to such high standards.I. Last week, we established that Christ is the Head of the Church and the Church belongs to Him. 2 Timothy 3:15 refers to the local church as the “House of God, which is the church of the living God.”J. The greatest danger of the church is not that we will suddenly leave our “high ground” for the “high ground” of the world. The greatest danger is that our church will slowly descend into the valley of compromise where we will find a “giant” who is willing to fight and die. That our church will take that first step towards compromise.K. When a local church begins down the road of compromise, it enters the valley where there is a “worldly giant” who is willing to fight and die for what he believes. The question must be asked, “Are we?” How do we maintain the “high ground?”L. Though there are many, I want to look at four “giants” that we will face if we begin our descent into the “valley of compromise.”1. There is a “giant of confusion” that awaits us in the “valley of compromise.” We MUST continue to honor the Word of God as the Final Authority for both faith and practice. The high ground” of the Biblical Singularity. We are all together on this subject but to slip is to eventually face a giant that we cannot defeat! Look at all the churches and schools who “gave an inch” to the new satanic versions. Once in the valley, there is no turning back. Biblical incorrectness is virtually uncorrectable.2. There is a “giant of ecumenism” that awaits us in the valley of compromise. We MUST continue to walk in the “good way” of the Old Paths of purity and surety. We must “hold the high ground” of doctrinal purity. We are who we are, Biblicists! We are independent Baptist in name, but the Bible is our standard. Just this week I was invited to a revival in town at another “Baptist” church. The person who invited me said that they missed the old days when Baptist, Methodists, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Catholic and other denominations came together for worship. Ecumenism is virtually uncorrectable.3. There is a “giant of liberalism” that awaits us in the “valley of compromise.” We MUST suffer the Word of Exhortation. Allowing the preaching to have free course. I try to come to this pulpit with something that will help you and me. I do my best to protect this pulpit by preemptively question each preacher that stands here. Men who stand here must be men of God and God never called a man to preach doctrinal error! Men who help me to live a more consistent life for Christ. As goes the pulpit, so goes the church.2 Timothy 4:1-2 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; (2) Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:4. There is a “giant of worldliness” that awaits us in the valley of compromise.” We MUST give God the benefit of every doubt. Abstaining from all appearance of evil in every aspect of our worship. Maintaining holiness in our worship; maintaining integrity in our music; maintaining purity in our membership; maintaining love and forgiveness in our fellowship. Twice in the Book of Judges the Scripture says, “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” Everyone's standards of music and dress are a little different so there must be a common standard that protects the convictions of everyone. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. (All and always!)
Temple Baptist Church - 4-29-2018Romans 8:14-17Introduction:A. Last week, I dealt with the obligation of the child of God. An obligation to God in service and to the world in witness. It is important that we realize that the witness that we give to others is an inward witness that we possess.B. Our inner witness, which every child of God possesses, is important for a couple of reasons. 1. To the child of God, our inner witness gives us blessed assurance. God wants His children to know that they are saved. 1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.2. To the unsaved, our inner witness shows them the reality of salvation!Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.C. Tonight, I want to look at five witnesses of salvation.1. The Witness of Confession - Romans 10:9-13 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (10) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (11) For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. (12) For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. (13) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (The old song says, “I can tell you about a time and I can take you to a place where the Lord saved me by His marvelous grace.” I have never been ashamed of my Lord.)Matthew 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.2. The Witness of Communion - 2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.1 John 3:23-24 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. (24) And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.1 Kings 19:12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. (The child of God has a still small voice that only he or she can hear.)3. The Witness of Comfort - John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.John 14:16-17 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; (17) Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. (14) For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; (4) Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.4. The Witness of Change - Romans 6:3-4 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? (4) Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.1 John 3:24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.5. The Witness of Comprehension - John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.1 John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.1 Corinthians 2:13-14 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. (14) But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-25-20182 Peter 2:6-8Introduction: A. In our text for tonight, we find the ultimate deliverance of God's people in the midst of false teachings, falling away, and ungodliness in this present, evil world.B. The grace of God is both evident and marvelous in light of history.1. God delivered Adam and Eve from presumptuous sin in the Garden of Eden by shedding the blood of an animal to make atonement for their sinfulness. Then, God gave Genesis 3:15, the promised Seed of the Woman, for eternal remission of the sins of those who believe upon Christ.2. God delivered Noah and his family from the destruction of the flood through obedience to God's commandment to build an Ark. Noah's family was kept safe through the promise of God and was given the promise that God would never destroy the Earth by water again.3. God delivered Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked because of his imputed righteousness through faith.C. I have always marveled at this passage because of the compromise and sinfulness found in Lot.1. The Book of 2 Peter deals with the problems associated with the end-times and the second coming of Christ. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah are a type of the impending doom of those who have rejected the gospel of Jesus Christ. 2. Lot is a type of the end-time church with its association and consequent defilement just prior to the Rapture. These Old Testament examples are written for our admonition and need to be scrutinized in light of the times in which we live. 2. The last mention of Lot finds him living in a cave, getting drunk, committing incest with his two daughters, with no mention of him ever getting right with the Lord. Lost his salvation? There is not place in Scripture where a saved man was ever lost again. D. Let's look at the marvelous grace of God manifested in an Old Testament saint.1. Who Was Lot?a. Lot was a man of great heritage - Genesis 12:4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.b. Lot was a man of great wealth - Genesis 13:5 And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.c. Lot was a man of great rebellion - Genesis 13:8, 10-11 Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren. And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. d. Lot was a man of great compromise - Genesis 13:12-13 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.e. Lot was a man of great salvation - 2 Peter 2:7-9 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with [their] unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:1) He was declared Just in verse 7 - a judicial term meaning “just as if he had never sinned”2) He was declared Righteous in verse 8 – imputation of Christ's righteousness3) He was declared Godly in verse 9 – meaning pious or devout(like it or not, Lot was eternally saved!)2. How Was Lot Defiled?a. He dwelt – 2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.b. He saw – Psalms 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.c. He listened – Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.d. He vexed (to oppress) - 2 Peter 1:9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. e. He continued – “day to day”3. Why Was Lot Delivered? a. Because of God's eternal promise.John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, b. Because of God's eternal love.Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-22-2018Romans 8:12-14Introduction:A. Along with our great salvation comes a great responsibility. Over the past few weeks, we have been studying our relationship to God. As children of God, we have obligations. With so many professing Christians, salvation is something that does not affect their daily lives. Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.B. Christ is our life!Colossians 3:3-4 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. (4) When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. (We not only have life in Christ, He is our life!)b. We have an obligation to the Lord:1. To walk worthy of the Lord. Colossians 1:9-10 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; (10) That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;2. We have an obligation to Serve. Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.C. We have an obligation to the Lost. Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. (God has been gracious to save us and we need to be gracious to the unsaved.)1. We are obligated to the Masses. Matthew 9:37-38 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; (38) Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.2. We are obligated to the Message - Romans 10:14-15 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!1. We have an obligation to See. John 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.a. An Imperative Look – “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest”b. A Compassionate Look – “for they are white already to harvest”c. An Urgent Look – “white already”2. We have an obligation to Shine – Matthew 5:13-16 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.a. A Solitary Light – “ye are the light of the world”b. A Guiding Light – “see your good works”c. A Glorifying Light – “glorify your Father”3. We have an obligation to Share. Romans 1:14-18 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;Ezekiel 33:8-9 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-22-2018Matthew 16:13-23Introduction: A. What is the Local Church? 1. The local church is the body of Christ corporately gathered. It is a called-out assembly of saints. It is neither a building nor is it a denomination. I am a Baptist without apology, but I am a Biblicists first! 2. The Bible is the final authority for faith and practice. There are many so-called Baptist churches that have radically changed and should remove the name Baptist from their names. I am an independent Baptist as the Bible teaches. B. The local church is to be autonomous (independent and self governing) in nature and indigenous (home grown) in nature. Not only self-governed but also self-sufficient.C. The Local Church building is one that is consecrated to the worship of God. It is where God's people assemble, united under one form of ecclesiastical government, in one creed. It is God's instrument on Earth that carries out the work of the Great Commission.D. The Local Church needs to be respected. There are those who say that the local church is just a building made of earthly materials, but we need to be often reminded that it is the House of the Lord and should be respected it as such. When I go to your homes, I respect them because it is your home! When I come to Temple Baptist Church, I respect it and obey the rules of the Bible because it is God's House.E. The meaning of “church” in our text is the Body of Christ, also called the Family of God and the Bride of Christ. The foundation of Christ's church is the statement “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” F. We build the local church, but salvation is the work of God and He builds His Church. With this thought in mind, let us look at the Church that Christ owns.1. The Church is built upon Christ. “Upon this rock”a. Jesus Christ is the Rock upon which the Church Stands. Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (We are but pebbles, but Christ is The Petros, the mighty Rock!)Acts 4:10-12 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel,that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. (11) This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. (12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.b. Jesus Christ is the Foundation of the Church. The Church is built upon Christ: the Deity, the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. The Gospel of Christ! 1 Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. c. Jesus Christ is the Chief Corner Stone of the Church. He bears the weight of the Church. 1 Peter 2:6-8 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 2. The Church is built by Christ. "I will build" It is Christ who saves us.a. It is Christ Jesus who works in the hearts of men. Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. b. It is Christ Jesus who saves sinners. 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. c. It is Christ Jesus who adds to the Church. Acts 2:6-7 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. Psalms 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: 3. The Church belongs to Christ. "I will build my church"a. Christ Jesus is the Head of the Church. Ephesians 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, b. Christ Jesus is the Saviour of the Church.Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. c. Christ Jesus is the Sustainer of the Church.Colossians 1:17-18 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. (Consist: to abide, to continue, to hold up.)4. The Church is loved by Christ. “my church”a. Christ Jesus' union with the Church.Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; b. Christ Jesus' sacrifice for the Church.1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: c. Christ Jesus' love for the Church.Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, John 15:12-13 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. (13) Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.5. The Church is protected by Christ. "the gates of hell shall not prevail against it"a. Christ Jesus will present to Himself a glorious Church.Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.b. Christ Jesus protects the purity of the Church and will present us faultless.Jude 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 6. The Church is the used by Christ. "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven..."a. Christ Jesus has empowered the Church.Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. b. Christ Jesus has commissioned the Church.Matthew 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-18-20182 Peter 2:6-9Introduction: A. We have now looked at the first step to a reprobate mind, Romans 1:21-22: “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” False teachers began with the angels in heaven. (verse 4)B. We looked at the second step to a reprobate mind last week, Romans 1:25: “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.” We tied this verse with Noah's Day, as the sons of God rejected the old paths of their fathers and began to dishonor their bodies through adultery and fornication with the daughters of men.C. Tonight, I want to look at the third step to a reprobate mind, Romans 1:28: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.” Though sodomy is not the result of a reprobate mine, it certain leads to one if not repented of.D. Sodomy in the five cities of the plains was a result of all three steps.1. Adam's Day was a pure day until the false teaching of the serpent beguiled Eve. I find not other problems with sinfulness.2. Noah's Day was characterized by the imaginations of evil minds. Luke 17:26-27 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. (27) They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.3. Lot's Day was an extension of Adam and Noah's Day. Luke 17:28-30 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; (29) But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. (30) Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.E. Notice both the similarities and progression of sin. Adam's Day was characterized by hard work and faithfulness, Noah's Day was characterized by sexual perversion. Lot's Day was characterized by idleness, fulness of bread, haughtiness, and abomination.Ezekiel 16:49-50 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. (50) And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.F. Sodom and Gomorrah were noted mainly for the sin of sodomy. We are faced with the same sinfulness in our society so I will make a few biblical statements and then move on.1. Sodomy is a sin, not an alternate lifestyle – 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 2. Sodomy is a learned behavior, not an inherent one - Romans 1:26-27 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.3. Sodomy is widespread both young and old - Genesis 19:4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:4. Sodomy is still an abomination in the sight of God - Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.Genesis 13:13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.Genesis 18:20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;5. Sodomy still brings about the judgment of God - Luke 17:28-30 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.a) God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of their sin - Genesis 19:5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.b) God allowed the tribe of Benjamin to be destroyed because of sodomy - Judges 19:22 Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him.1. Sodom's Sin.a. Idleness and Prosperity - Ezekiel 16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.b. Unbridled Lust - Jude 7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.c. Rejection of God - Romans 1:26-27 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.2. Sodom's Curse.a. They Defile The Land - 1 Kings 14:24 And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.1) They were driven out of the land - 1 Kings 15:12 And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made. (today they are exalting their lifestyle in America)1 Kings 22:46 And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land.2) They destroyed their houses - 2 Kings 23:7 And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove. (today they are allowing them to live together in peace)3) They were spiritually rejected - Deuteronomy 23:17 There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel. (today they are ordaining them)b. They Destroy The People- Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. (Aids)c. They Will Go To Hell - 1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,1 Timothy 1:9-10 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;3. Sodom's Cure.1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (Salvation cures the sin of sodomy. The sodomite is no longer a sodomite.)4. Sodom's Caution.Jude 7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. (God does and will always condemn and judge such sinfulness which will result in a reprobate mind.)
Temple Baptist Church - 4-15-2018Romans 8:1-11Introduction:A. God wants us to understand that, positionally, the law has no dominion over us. But, practically, we are still just sinners saved by the amazing grace of God.Colossians 3:3-4 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. (4) When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.B. The child of God's “conflict of interest.” The carnal man desires the things of the world while the spiritual man desires the things of God. The flesh is against God and the spirit loves God.Romans 7:22-24 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: (23) But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. (24) O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?C. Chapter 8 begins with the word “therefore,” so the context has not changed. Though we often commit those sins of commission (intentional sin) and sins of omission (also intentional sin), our position in Christ never changes.D. One of the most important words in verse one is “now.” 1. One day, God will take us home and we will have a sinless body with no sin nature. But, what about now? So many denominations err at this point. They will agree that salvation is apart from works but will argue that works are essential to maintaining salvation. To put it simply, man is not good enough to be saved but must be good enough to remain saved. 2. Paul spoke of this when writing to the churches at Galatia. The Judaizers crept in and tried to bring the believers back under the law.Galatians 3:1-3 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? (2) This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? (3) Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?E. Verses 1 and 9 describe the child of God, not indict him! If you are saved, you will have a desire to live for Christ. God uses the same way of explaining the position of the child of God in both Romans 8 and James 2.James 2:17-20 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. (18) Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. (19) Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. (20) But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? (James declares that a faith without works is a dead faith. God's children love God and have a desire to live for Him.)F. John recorded this in John, chapter 3 (The New Birth Chapter):John 3:16-21 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (18) He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (19) And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (20) For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. (21) But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.G. Three positions of the child of God:1. Saved, not trying to be saved. Salvation is a present, finished work!Ephesians 2:1-10 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; (2) Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: (3) Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. (4) But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, (5) Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) (6) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: (7) That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. (8) For by grace are ye saved (to deliver, protect, make whole) through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (9) Not of works, lest any man should boast. (10) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Everything in these verses are broken down into our pre-salvation and present salvation. Salvation is2. Safe, not trying to remain saved. Salvation is an eternal work!John 10:27-30 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: (28) And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. (29) My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. (30) I and my Father are one. (An absolute negative!)3. Sure, not doubtful. Blessed assurance is a product of our faith in God's promises!2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.1 John 5:10-13 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. (11) And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. (12) He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (13) These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.Isaiah 32:16-18 Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field. (17) And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. (18) And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;
Temple Baptist Church - 4-15-2018Mark 11:15-19Introduction:A. Lately, I have been preaching on the local church. As I was reading my Bible on the deck Saturday morning, these familiar verses stood out.B. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke we find the story of our Lord's entry into Jerusalem and His cleansing of the Temple.C. In the Wilderness, there was the Tabernacle; in Jerusalem, there was the Temple; in the New Testament, we find the local church.D. All three of these had a common purpose: a place where men met with God in worship and a place where God met with men in fellowship. 1 Kings 8:48-49 And so return unto thee with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies, which led them away captive, and pray unto thee toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name: (49) Then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven thy dwelling place, and maintain their cause,2 Chronicles 7:14-16 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (15) Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. (16) For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.E. Here, we find God's love for the place of worship. What was to be known in all nations as the house of prayer had become common and a house of thieves.Mark 11:17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.1. The Anger of the Lord! This account is one few times that we see Jesus Christ angered. John 2:15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;a. He found a change in the people's attitude toward the temple.b. He found a change in God's intended purpose of the temple.2. The Den of Thieves! The House of the Lord had become Commercial! Mark 11:15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;a. Churches that have become commercial. John 2:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. (Some raffle off things, have even have coffee shops in them, support their projects by selling donuts, having bake sales, etc. God's church business is to be funded by the tithes and offerings. Religion is big business and you can get rich if you find out what the people want and adhere to it.)b. There are churches that are all about the money. 1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (We are not to worry about the finances of the local church. The offerings are God's, not ours and we operated within the finances that come in. Since when has God been broke? Televangelists have done much harm to the world's perception of religion.)c. Often, preachers speak of families that will not trust God with the tithe and then the same preachers worry over the offerings. I often say, when we receive the Lord's tithes and offerings, “You give as unto the Lord and it will be just right.” That is why I do not normally take up special offerings.2. The House of the Lord had become Common! Mark 11:16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.a. A vessel was something for common use. Sanctuaries have become auditoriums. A “sanctuary” is something reserved or set aside. To carry a common vessel “through” was to make the sanctuary a thoroughfare or common use. The new trend is to have a multi-purpose place of worship. I have seen a church on Hwy. 25 North that was such. It could be used for worship or play as it was a glorified gymnasium with chairs set out for services. The sanctuary is not a place for play or food and drink. It is a place of worship.b. Churches in our day, for the most part, have become common through becoming casual. The church is a holy place where God's people come to worship Him. It is a special place. It is a sanctuary that is set aside.c. The modern-day churches uses three things to attract the worldly.1) Their Music that appeals to the flesh.2) Their Message that offends no one.3) Their Methods that are unbiblical.d. Here at Temple, we will respect God's house—both the pulpit and the pew. It may seem a little old fashioned, but our forefathers had it right and we will keep it right.3. The end result: The House of the Lord was no longer the House of Prayer! Psalms 66:18-20 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: (19) But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. (20) Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.Conclusion: Every generation will have to make a choice concerning what they want in a church. As each generation passes through the “valley of the shadow of death,” a new generation will choose either the Old Paths of the fathers or the New Paths of the world.Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-8-2018Romans 7:7-25Introduction:A. In the last couple of chapters, we have seen our relationship to both sin and the Law:1. We are dead to sin! Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? (2) God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?2. We are dead to the Law! Romans 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.B. Now that we are established in these two important biblical facts, let us look at the heart and life of the great Apostle Paul. This will help us in two ways:1. How to spiritually succeed biblically.2. How to handle spiritual failure biblically.C. We, just as the Apostle Paul, are a trichotomy in our image of God and a dichotomy in our relation to our life in this world.1. Trichotomy – three in one: body, world conscious—soul, self-conscious—spirit, God conscious.2. Dichotomy – two in one: an old nature that is sinful and a new creature that is holy.D. Thus, a conflict of interest! A situation in which a person is involved in multiple interests where serving one the interests could involve working against one of the other interest. Romans 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.Galatians 5:16-25 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (17) For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. (18) But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. (19) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, (20) Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, (21) Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (24) And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. (25) If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.James 4:5-7 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? (6) But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. (7) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.E. Though we have the Holy Spirit and a desire to serve Christ, we also live in a flesh that has an old nature that desires the things of the world. You hear from some religious people about the eradication of the flesh whereby a child of God eventually lives a sinless life. I have a problem with such people because 1) they have not the conviction of the Holy Spirit and 2) they have called God a liar!1 John 1:8, 10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us ... (10) If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.1. It is by the Law that we know what sin is. Verse 7. 1 Timothy 1:13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.2. Paul was alive without the Law. Verses 8-9. He thought he was doing God's will by persecuting the church. 1 Corinthians 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.3. The Law is holy and right. Verses 10-13. The work of the Law is to bring about sinfulness and point us to Christ. Galatians 3:24-25 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. (25) But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.f. Positionally, we are dead to the Law but Practically, we are still sinners and come short of the Law. Thus, the Conflict of Interest.F. Let's break these verses down.1. Carnality – Verses 14-15. Though we are saved positionally, practically our flesh is not saved. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.1 Corinthians 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.2. Consent – Verse 16. When the child of God does wrong (he knows that what he is doing is evil), he agrees with the Law that the Law is holy and right.3. Conflict – Verses 17-22. There is a constant battle between the newness of the spiritual man and the wicked of our sinful flesh.James 4:1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?4. Captivity – Verses 23-24. Your flesh tries to control your mind bringing you into spiritual captivity. 2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;5. Confidence – Verses 24-25. One day, this old body will be changed and we will get a new one that is holy.1 Corinthians 15:50-54 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. (51) Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, (52) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (53) For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (54) So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-8-2018Hebrews 10:25; Psalm 84Introduction: A. There has been a serious decline in church attendance in the past few decades and this decline is simply a fulfillment of Scripture. It has been prophesied that in the last days, there would be a falling away and we are in the middle of it. B. The “form of godliness” has permeated the ranks of the professing believers with little or no conviction or holiness of life.C. Most churches are fairly full on Sunday morning, but the Sunday night and Wednesday night crowds have dwindled to the point of calling off services. 1. “As the manner of some is” has become the rule instead of the exception with more and more of the once faithful now either slack in their faithfulness or completely out of church. 2. My Bible still says, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. “ (Matthew 18:20)D. Most churches have lost their way in these last days as they have become:1. Entertainment Centers for the worldly.2. Fishing Holes for sinners.3. Seeker Sensitive for numbers.E. The local church is a called-out assembly of saints for the purpose of worship, preaching, and doctrinal teaching. It is to be a place of holiness and separation from the world. That makes a good church unpopular with the masses.F. The Importance of God's House. The phrase “The house of the Lord” is used 213 X in the Bible. The phrase “house of God” is used 87X in the Bible. That is a total of 300 references. This does not include other references such as “temple” and “tabernacle.” God's house is a place of great importance.1. The Emphasis of God's House - Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Why the emphasis? This verse has been preached as a negative instead of a positive! Yes, it is a commandment but there is a reason behind the commandment. I have often said that the church: a) Is A Place Of Rallying. (When you are down.) b) Is A Place Of Relying. (When you are devastated.) c) Is A Place Of Renewing. (When you are defiled.) d) Is A Place Of Revival. (When you are defeated.)2. The Excitement of God's House - Psalms 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.3. The Encouragement of God's House - Psalms 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.Psalms 55:14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.Psalm 84**1. A Place of Importance – vs 1 “How”2. A Place of Loving – vs 1 “amiable” (well beloved)3. A Place of Longing – vs 2-3 “longeth … fainteth”4. A Place of Worship – vs 3 “altars” (place of sacrifice)5. A Place of Encouragement – vs 4 “still praising thee”6. A Place of Strength – vs 5 “strength is in thee”7. A Place of Understanding – vs 6 “valley of Baca … make it a well” (weeping)8. A Place of Sharing – vs 7 “strength to strength”9. A Place of Prayer – vs 8 “hear my prayer … give ear”10. A Place of Safety – vs 9 “God our shield”11. A Place of Joy – vs 10 “day … better than a thousand”12. A Place of Blessing – vs 11 “no good thing”13. A Place of Maturity – vs 12 “trusteth in thee”
Temple Baptist Church - 4-4-20182 Peter 2:1-9Introduction: A. Last week, we began a contextual look at “their pernicious ways” and why the “many shall follow them.” I stand amazed, though I know what the Bible says about the “falling away” of the last days. To fall away from something, you must first have stood there.B. We looked at the angels that sinned in heaven because of Lucifer's rejection of God and their loss of their first estate. Then, Satan used a serpent to attack God's Word and beguile not only the serpent but also Eve. The first step toward a reprobate mind is that “when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God” and became unthankful.C. In verse 5, Peter gives our second example of false teachers and those who follow them. Noah's day! Genesis, chapter 4-6. Let us tie this verse with the second step to a reprobate mind in Romans, chapter. Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.D. How did they change the truth of God into a lie in Noah's day?1. Genesis 4, Cain, without any outside influence humanly speaking, heard and rejected the truth of God's Word. “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted?” tells us that he knew and understood truth. The only answer that I have is that the satanic influence that beguiled Eve beguiled Cain!Genesis 4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.2. Cain was a grown man before Seth was born and the ungodly lineage in chapter 4 was in full swing. God had separated Cain from the godly line.Genesis 4:16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.3. Adam lived until Lamech was 56 years old. Methuselah was 243 years old when Adam died so Adam died 726 years before the flood. I personally calculated this for a reason: During Adam's life, he watched as the two lines, Seth and Cain, were separated by God—these two lines began to mix and mingle.E. In Genesis, chapter 6, we find:1. The multiplication of the ungodly line of Cain.Genesis 6:1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, (The rejection of God and His truth was in full swing in the days of Noah.)2. The rejection of truth by the Messianic line of Seth.Genesis 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.3. The wickedness of both the Messianic line of Seth and the ungodly line of Cain.Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.4. The few who embraced truth verses the many who rejected truth.Genesis 6:8-9 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. (9) These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.F. The truth of God had been turned into a lie. Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.G. I said all of this because, behind all of the sinfulness of Noah's day, lies the false prophets and teachers who influence both the saved and lost to reject truth and follow the ways of the world.1. They Rejected The Paths Of Their Fathers. Genesis 5:22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:2. They Rejected God's Command Of Distinction – Genesis 6:2 “sons of God . . . daughters of men” 2 Corinthians 6: 14-18 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.3. They Rejected God's Morality – Genesis 6:5 “wickedness . . . evil continually”Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:Romans 1:26-27 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.4. They Rejected God's Structure For The Family – Genesis 6:2 “they took . . . all which they chose”Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.Genesis 4:19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. Matthew 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark.5. They Rejected God's Companionship – Genesis 6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.6. They Rejected God's Offer Of Grace - Genesis 7:9-10 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah. (10) And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. (God left the door of the Ark open for seven days, the number of completion, and anyone could have changed their minds and gotten on board.)7. They Reaped God's Judgement - Genesis 6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.Genesis 7:21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:
Temple Baptist Church - 4-1-2018Romans 7: 1-6Introduction:A. As Paul begins this chapter of Romans, he gives an analogy between marriage and the law. As marriage was intended to be “till death do us part,” so is the Law. As a marriage is to be sundered only by death, so the Law can only be sundered by the death of Christ.B. The Purpose of the Law was to be our Schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. It was meant to show a lost world their need for the Saviour. Paul, in this chapter, will give us some valuable insight into his personal life, both thoughts and deeds.1. The first part of chapter 7 deals with Paul's relationship to the Law and Christ before salvation.2. The last part of chapter 7 deals with the struggles that Paul has after salvation. These struggles remain so long as we live in the flesh.C. What does the Law do? The Law exposes man's sinfulness. Romans 2:12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;D. Man, by nature, is self-righteous. There are three areas of the Law: the Moral Law, the Civil Law, and the Ceremonial Law.1. The Moral Law: Man becomes self-righteous in his perception of who and what he is. He knows that he is a sinner but does not think that he is that bad of one.2. The Civil Law: Man becomes self-righteous in his perception of what he does and how he treats his neighbor. He lays claim on the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”3. The Ceremonial Law: Man becomes self-righteous in his perception of where he goes to church and how he worships. “I am a Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Episcopal, Catholic, Church of Christ, etc.”E. What the Law cannot do!1. The Law cannot make one a Child of God. Romans 2:28-29 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: (29) But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.2. The Law cannot justify or make one acceptable to God. Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.Romans 4:2-5 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. (3) For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. (4) Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. (5) But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.3. In the eyes of the Law, we remain unjustified and condemned in our sin. 1 Corinthians 15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.4. The Law was never to meant to save man but to bear witness that man desperately needs the righteousness of God. Romans 3:21-22 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; (22) Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:F. The Purpose of the Law: The Law gave divine commandment and, therefore, defined sinfulness. Romans 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.Galatians 3:20-29 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. (21) Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. (22) But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. (23) But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. (24) Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. (25) But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. (26) For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. (27) For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (28) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (29) And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.G. As marriage is only to be sundered by death, our relationship with the Law is only sundered by the death of our Lord Jesus Christ.Romans 7:4-6 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. (5) For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. (6) But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
Temple Baptist Church - 4-1-2018Mark 15:12-15, 33-47; 16:1-8Introduction: A. This morning is Resurrection Sunday. A day much revered among God's people. Our celebration of the glorious Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Capstone of Christianity; the completion of the glorious gospel of Christ, the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:B. The Gospel defined: The word gospel means “good news” or “good tidings.” 1. The good news for a world dying in sin! 2. The good news that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son!” 3. The good news that the sinful does not have to spend eternity in a devil's hell! 4. The good news that all has been done that is necessary for a sinner to be saved! 5. The good news that every sinner who ever lived could be saved!6. The good news that God's prepared heaven is now freely accessible to the both the greatest and the least of mankind!C. We just read very familiar verses of Scripture that define the gospel. Paul defined it in a shorter version in 1 Corinthians, chapter 15:1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; (2) By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. (3) For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins (death) according to the scriptures; (4) And that he was buried (burial), and that he rose again(resurrection) the third day according to the scriptures: D. In both the Books of 2 Corinthians and Galatians, we find the perverting of the gospel. In the First Century, as false teachers infiltrated the local churches and found willing followers, the gospel fell under attack. Satan hates the gospel! The gospel is God's power unto salvation to those who believe on Christ. E. This morning, I want to look at some aspects of the Gospel found in these verses of Scripture. 1. The Purity Of The Gospel - The Gospel Defined – vs. 3-4 Many do not understand the gospel and refer to themselves as “full gospel” by adding other things to Christ's death, burial, and resurrection. Galatians calls this is “another gospel which is not another!”a. Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures. (Involves the prophecies [such as not having a bone broken, etc.] doctrines of sin, Christ, and salvation.)b. Christ was buried. (Involves prophecies fulfilled such as that He made His grave with the rich.)c. Christ rose again the third day according to the scriptures. (A glorious bodily resurrection.)2. The Preaching Of The Gospel - The Gospel Delivered – vs. 1, 3 The gospel must be preached in all of its purity in order to be effective.a. The Gospel Daringly Declared – vs. 1 “declared” (Unashamedly and boldly preached.)b. The Gospel Dutifully Delivered – vs. 3 “delivered” (In fulfillment of the Great Commission, preached to every creature both at home and abroad.)3. The People Of The Gospel – The Gospel Desired – vs. 1 A realization that salvation is through Christ alone brings about two things.a. The Gospel Brings Conversion – vs. 1 “received” (A realization that works cannot obtain salvation.)b. The Gospel Brings Confidence – vs. 1 “stand” (A realization that works cannot maintain salvation.)4. The Power Of The Gospel – The Gospel Demonstrated - vs. 3-4 The Gospel message works as well today as it did two thousand years ago. It is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth. Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.a. The Power Of Propitiation – vs. 3 “Christ died” (For every man, woman, and child who ever has or ever will live.)b. The Power Of Salvation – vs. 3 “our sins” (For all of our sins, past, present, and future.)c. The Power Of Resurrection – vs. 4 “rose again” (Brings resurrection presently in holiness of life and then resurrection future into His eternal presence.)5. The Protection Of The Gospel – The Gospel Defended - vs. 2 The Gospel has always been under attack because it alone brings salvation. The Gospel was attacked through the denial of the resurrection of the Sadducees, those who religious zealots who crucified Christ, the soldiers who were to keep the tomb.a. Against Apostasy's Deviation – vs. 2 “keep in memory” (We live in days where the virgin birth, blood atonement, and other major gospel doctrines are under attack.)b. Against Apathy's Dereliction - vs. 2, 10 “believed in vain…I laboured” (If the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation [and it is] then we must be busy telling others the glorious news that Christ died for them and they can be eternally saved through trusting His finished work at Calvary.)
Temple Baptist Church - 3-28-20182 Peter 2:4Introduction: A. Last week, we looked at the “many” who choose to follow these false teachers. The god of this world, Satan, has been deceiving from the very beginning. He led a rebellion against God in heaven before he beguiled Eve in the Garden of Eden. He has blinded the minds of angels and men over the millenniums and continues to do so in our day.B. Our text gives three specific examples of deception in those who follow error: the angels, those in Noah's day, and those in Lot's day. When prophesying about the end-time and its conditions, our Lord also spoke of these three examples. C. These lead us to 3 reasons that people reject the God, the Bible, and sound doctrine.1. Because people do not like Authority. If He is God, and He is, then He is to be loved and followed. Thus, the mention of Angels. People do not like a Final Authority found in the Bible. 2. Because people do not like Godliness that genders Loneliness. If they follow God, they may have to follow God alone. Thus, Noah's Day.3. Because people do not like Distinction. If it is God's Word, it is to be believed—not debated. True Christianity demands Separation and Distinction. Thus, Lot's Day. Lot called the Sodomites brethren.D. Speaking in context of a judgment that lingered not, the Holy Ghost takes us back now to the beginning and shows God's dealings with sin. 1. This is an interesting verse of Scripture. Speaking of the judgment of false teachers, the Holy Ghost gave reference to the fall of angels in the dateless past. When Satan sinned in his rebellion against God, he influenced a vast number of angels to go with him in his rebellion. 2. These fallen angels or devils are found throughout the Bible and are found to cause the people of earth great grief. Many in the days of Christ were filled with devils that afflicted the people that they inhabited. One had such a multitude of devils that they went into 2000 swine. The Apostle Paul was buffeted with a messenger of Satan in 2 Corinthians 12:7. 3. The angels found in 2 Peter 2:4 are again mentioned in Jude 6. These angels “kept not their first estate but left their own habitation.” The words first estate refers to their origin and purpose. The angels are beings created for the worship of God in heaven and for the ice of doing His will. The words their habitation refers to the place of their dwelling, which was heaven. E. Our text ties angels with false teachers. The first false teacher was a serpent in the Garden of Eden. “Thou shalt not surely die!”F. There are several things that I want to look at:1. There Is A Warning Involveda. The Warning Of The Destructiveness Of Sin1) There Is The Warning Of Wickedness – angels that sin? Whereas man is born into the world with a sin nature (they come forth out of the womb telling lies while still in a state of innocence), angels were created in perfection in a perfectly holy environment. 2) There Is The Warning Of Justice – God spared them not. To whom much is given, much is required! Their perfection and environment along with beholding the face of almighty God brought about much accountability.3) There Is The Warning Of Containment – God still controls! Though angels are free-moral agents, they can neither be forgiven nor redeemed. What they have written, they have written. Angels have a will to be exercised.Isaiah 14:13-14 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I willsit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: (14) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I willbe like the most High.4) There Is The Warning Of Judgment – they are reserved. They cannot escape the damnation of hell because hell was created specifically for them.Ezekiel 28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. (An interesting statement concerning the first sin and mention of its impending judgment. Was the flame of hell a result of Satan's sin?)Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: b. The Warning Of The Deceivableness Of Sin1) They Sinned In Spite Of Their Position - Psalms 8:5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.Psalms 68:17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, eventhousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.2) They Sinned In Spite Of Their Possessions - Psalms 68:17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place. (You would think that they were satisfied living in heaven with God. Never having a need that was not fully met.)3) They Sinned In Spite Of Their Power - Psalms 103:20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.4) They Sinned In Spite Of Their Purpose - Psalms 148:2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.5) They Sinned In Spite Of Their Place - Ezekiel 28:13-14 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.a) They Were Around The Right Crowd – (A perfect peer pressure)b) They Were Around The Right Circumstances – (A perfect place)c) They Purposefully Chose To Sin c. The Warning Of The Destruction Of Sin1) Lucifer (Light Bearer or Shining One) became Satan(Adversary or one who withstands)2) The Son of the Morning (Son Of The Early Light) became Apollyon (Destroyer)3) Their Blessing became Mischief.4) Their Wisdom became Cunning.5) Their Strength became Viciousness.2. There Is A Wrath Incurreda. The Judgment Of God Is Without Respect – “spared not the angels that sinned”Romans 2:1-11 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God.b. The Judgment Of God Is Without Relief - “cast them down to hell”Luke 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.Mark 9:43-48 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.c. The Judgment Of God Is Without Reprieve – “reserved unto judgment”Revelation 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [are], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-25-2018Romans 6:23Introduction:A. In our verse, I find it important to re-establish the fact that the child of God is forever saved! This is a message that needs to be clearly understood! B. Verse 23 contrasts the work of the Law in Condemnation and the work of Grace in Salvation. The verse can be applied in two ways.1. Practically, we are still under the laws of God – the wage of sin is still death! I dealt with that last week. We are to obey every ordinance of both God and man for the Lord's sake and not to obey brings judgement. Sin still kills.2. Positionally, we are not under the Penalty of the Law, as we are saved eternally by the grace of God.C. Our present relationship to the laws of God specifically and our relationship to the Law in general are both still valid.1. First, let me be clear that we that are saved are not without law. The individual laws of both moral and civil law of the Old Testament are still valid laws to be followed today. Our system of judicial and civil law in America are founded upon these commandments of the Old Testament.2. Secondly, the Old Testament Law had another function. It was and is our “schoolmaster to bring us to Christ.” Schoolmaster – a “boy leader” that brought children to school for the purpose of educating them.Galatians 3:22-26 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. (23) But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. (24) Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. (25) But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. (26) For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.D. Religion, which is manmade, viciously attacks this precious doctrine of Eternal Life. The doctrine of eternal life has been attacked by both man and devil about as much as the doctrine of the scriptures! Just look at John 10:27-31.E. You would think that “eternal life” is something that every sinner would love to have but this is not the case. Man believes that he is essentially good, and that God should accept his “offering.” This thinking is as old as time:F. I thank God for “Eternal Life!” I am the least of all saints and the worst of all sinners! I am so glad this morning that salvation is of the Lord and I will go to Heaven on day by the amazing grace of God!!G. The words everlasting and eternal are used many times in the Bible: Everlasting Life” 11 times, “Eternal Life” 26 times. A man once said that “One who does not believe in ‘eternal security' is doomed to live in ‘eternal insecurity.'"1. The Meaning Of The Word Eternal – it means forever and forever and forever…John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.2. Eternal Life Is An Unconditional Covenant Of God – this means that it does not depend upon us but upon His promises!John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.3. Eternal Life States The Sufficiency Of Christ' Death – His sacrifice is sufficient to not only save but to save eternally.Hebrews 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.4. Eternal Life Depends Upon The Ability Of God To Keep That Which Belongs To Him – Eternal Life is the responsibility of God, not man!Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:5. Eternal Life Is A Product Of The Integrity Of God's Word – if God said it, you can “take it to the bank!”1 John 2:25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, eveneternal life.7. Eternal Life Is The Fidelity Of God's Love For Us – He has loved us with an everlasting love!John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.8. Eternal Life Has The Seal Of The Indwelling Holy Spirit – we that are saved have the Spirit Of God living in us until the day He takes us home!John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;Conclusion: Not wonder the Devil hates the doctrine of Eternal Life! He may try to rob you of your peace and profitableness, but he CANNOT rob you of your salvation! Glory to God! We are saved! We are secure! We are safe! FOREVER! Eternal life is the only kind that God gives and not to have it is not to be saved!
Temple Baptist Church - 3-25-2018 - Homecoming Service1 Corinthians 13:1-13Introduction:A. 31 years ago, God did a wonderful thing for us here at Temple Baptist Church. 1. God brought a young family to the little town of Laurens, SC. A relatively young man with no pastoral experience but a vast experience in service and church problems. A background that tempered his ministry to a hurting people.2. This past Thursday, March 22nd, marked that eventful day. With just a handful of people that attended Temple Baptist Church that Sunday, God started something extraordinary. That little church had struggled over the years and was ripe for the beginning of a new era. 3. What we enjoy here this morning is a result of what happened that day and over the past 31 years. Many have come and gone over the years but there has always been a strong nucleus of people that remained. It has been both our joy and our life to be your pastor's family!B. I have changed topics several times this week as we approach Resurrection Sunday next weekend. Saturday morning, God settled my heart on this topic: “The Love That Binds.”C. As we read this great chapter, we find the word “charity.” I want to look at it for a few minutes before we go back and enjoy the fellowship and much anticipated meal of Homecoming Day.D. The meaning of Charity. Many of the new perversions called “bibles” have changed the word to “love.” This is a cardinal mistake! The word “love” is an “umbrella” that covers many kinds of love. Charity is a peculiar love. It is the love of the brotherhood. 1 Thessalonians 4:9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.1. Many churches are measured by their highly educated, articulate preachers. Make a beautiful, articulate speech, impress the people but—without charity—your message is just another hollow sound.2. Many churches are measured by their social standing. Have all the doctors, lawyers, etc. that you want and be “nothing.” A local church is not a social club.3. Many churches are measured by their beautiful buildings. When I was stationed in Germany, I saw the beautiful architecture of 500 plus year old churches that are now just that, beautiful architecture. A local church is not an ornate building but a “called out assembly of saints” to worship.4. Many churches are measured by the size of their membership. The Bible is clear on the direction of the “many” and the “few.” Most of the time, the many are headed in the wrong direction because they are popular with this world. A local church is measured in quality, not quantity.E. You can have all of these things and become a “sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal” and be “nothing” in the sight of God. John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.1 John 4:7-12 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. (8) He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. (9) In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. (10) Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (11) Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. (12) No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.1. Charity must be a universal love of the brethren. Verses 1-3. It loves all and loves all equally.a. Charity has nothing to do with social status.b. Charity has nothing to do with financial clout.c. Charity has nothing to do with ethnicity.d. Charity has nothing to do with gender.e. Charity has nothing to do with faithfulness.e. Charity is equal from the pulpit to the pew. From the pew to the pulpit. From the back pew to the front pew. 2. Charity is a binding love of the brethren. Verses 4-7. It is what holds the local church together.a. Charity is longsuffering.b. Charity is kind.c. Charity is unselfish.d. Charity behaves itself.e. Charity is overlooking.f. Charity hates evil but not the sinner.g. Charity loves in truth.3. Charity is an unfailing love of the brethren. Verses 8-13. Times change but biblical charity endures.a. Paul names three remaining gifts: faith, hope and charity.b. Our faith and our hope are anchored in the greatest of the three, Charity.4. We do not know what the future holds for either our church or our membership. a. We have endured the enemy of death.b. We have endured the enemy of sinfulness.c. We have endured the enemy of division.d. But through it all, because of our love for each other, we have and will continue to endure!
Temple Baptist Church - 1-28-2018Mark 3:22-27; Psalms 133Introduction: A. As I continue to preach on the New Year, I want to look at one of the most important aspects of the New Testament local church, unity.B. Our Lord spoke of the “house divided against itself” in Matthew, chapter 25.Matthew 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: (Jesus said that it “shall not stand!” Division not only can but will bring down a local church. The opposite of that is that a house united, “the strong man,” will stand! The strength of the local church or “strong man” is its unity.)C. Against itself? This is not because of doctrinal division, it division caused by carnality and sinfulness within the body. Paul elaborated on the subject because of the divisions within the carnal Corinthian church.1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. (No divisions among you! Perfectly joined together! Same mind and in the same judgement!)D. I have often said that the greatest enemy of the local church sits upon its pews and stands in its pulpit. Persecution from without the local church always brings the church together and strengthens its fellowship. Carnality and sinfulness divide the church and weakens its unity.E. As I thought about what to preach for homecoming, I thought of this passage of scripture because it is a pleasure to come to Temple! It is joy to come to Temple because of the sweetness of the spirit here.F. People come to stay. I often leave before many of you when the service is over. It is good to see the smile, hear the laughter, and experience the love found here as our people stay after church both in the sanctuary and the parking lot and talk.G. Psalm 133. In the these verses, we see the results of unity:1. The Benefit - "good" - 1 - Of great benefit, valuable, prosperity.2. The Bliss - "pleasant" – 1 - Sweet, agreeable, delightful, musical.3. The Binding - "together in unity" - 1-2 - Alike, in one accord, harmony.4. The Blessing - "life forever more" – 3H. I want to look at the last result for a few minutes: “The Blessing.”1. The Blessing of Fellowship with God's People - Romans 15:32 That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed.2. The Blessing of Encouraging God's People - 2 Corinthians 2:1-4 But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness. For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me? And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all. For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.3. The Blessing of Bearing The Burdens of God's People - 2 Corinthians 7:1-4 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man. I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with you. Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation. 4. The Blessing of Hearing That God's People Are Steadfastly Serving - 2 Corinthians 7:12-16 Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear unto you. Therefore we were comforted in your comfort: yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all. For if I have boasted any thing to him of you, I am not ashamed; but as we spake all things to you in truth, even so our boasting, which I made before Titus, is found a truth. And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him. I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things.Colossians 2:5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.1 Thessalonians 3:6-10 But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you: Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith: For now we live,if ye stand fast in the Lord. For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God; Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?5. The Blessing of Sharing The Ministry With God's People - Philippians 1:3-11 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. (Workers, visitation, teachers, choir - get involved!!)6. The Blessing of Seeing God's People Unified - Philippians 2:1-4 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. (Greatest heartache - bickering children!)7. The Blessing of A Godly Testimony of God's People - Philippians 2:14-18 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me. (So much said about hypocrites – it is refreshing to hear good about God's people!)8. The Blessing of An Inner Witness With God's People - Philippians 4:1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.=9. The Blessing of Leading Others To Christ - 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? For ye are our glory and joy. (Some of you were came to Christ under my ministry. Not that I am anything, but what a joy. Just think of Tracy Patterson!)10. The Blessing of Giving Account For God's Faithful People - Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

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